A “penchant” Russian air Show Rivière-du-Loup

Un «penchant russe» au Spectacle aérien de Rivière-du-Loup

After the confirmation, last week, of the visit of the Snowbirds at the next air Show at Rivière-du-Loup, August 24 and 25, 2019, the organization raises the curtain on the rest of its programming.

“It is sure that the confirmation of the Snowbirds at the congress of the ICAS [International Council of Air Shows] Las Vegas gave us the green light,” said Martin Hivon, general manager of the air Show at Rivière-du-Loup and manager of the municipal airport where will the event. “Not Snowbirds, it would have been “not an airshow“”, he adds, explaining that the annual conference is the place where the military teams (u.s. and canadian) air demonstration confirm their calendar for the coming year.

However, other acrobats of the sky, which have been signed during the high mass of the ICAS, was added to the table. “Our goal is not to make it like the last time [in 2017]. And we also have a “penchant” Russian, this year,” sums up Mr. Hivon. This “leaning Russian” is explained by the presentation of three sequences executed by as much as pilots flying on aircraft of Russian manufacture.

First, there will be Gord Price, a 77-year-old, who can still suffer acceleration forces of 7 G and 5 G, in spite of his age, “venerable” (for a pilot of the air show, there is a consensus). Retired from Air Canada since 2001 and having served in the royal Canadian air force (RCAF), Mr. Price’s flying on a plane Yakolev Yak-50, designed during the soviet era. His plane is the only Yak-50 is registered in Canada.

“You have to see it to believe it!” exclaims Martin Hivon. “It is phenomenal. We should have it in 2017, but he is with us this year.”

Un «penchant russe» au Spectacle aérien de Rivière-du-Loup

Rick Volker and his plane Su-26M

from the Web site of Rick Volker

The second to fly on the wings of a Russian is Rick Volker. “His plane is a Sukhoi Su-26M, a beast! It is an Ace, one of the few drivers acrobatic that evaluate the “youngest” in the circuit of air shows,” adds the director general.

Finally, the third driver on a Russian aircraft turns out to be Martin Hivon himself who comes to buy a Yak-55M. He started his career as a pilot acrobatic on a biplane Christen Eagle II 1982, it has been almost four years.

“Manufacturing problems with the Christen Eagle made me look elsewhere. With the Yak-55M, it is another world. Let’s say that with the Christen Eagle, I was my on the limits of the aircraft, but not on those of Martin,” says the one who has signed contracts for six air shows. He does not want to reveal what are these other events, or even reveal if it will be part of the programming of the Bagotville international air Show, in June.

Un «penchant russe» au Spectacle aérien de Rivière-du-Loup

Martin Hivon, with his wife Édith Lévesque and his plane, Christen Eagle II, with whom he started his career as a pilot acrobatics.

Jean-Pierre Bonin, from the web site of flight MH

To help the “succession”, the air Show at Rivière-du-Loup, will present a “young performer”, or Todd Farrell who has just started in the industry at air shows. “He piloted cargo planes C-17 for the CRA, it has 40 missions, tactical transport to its assets. He is now an airline pilot full-time,” explains Mr. Hivon. “We give him a chance to gain experience and it is sure that his show will be “high”, because it can not run below 500 feet. Question limit on his pilot’s licence acrobatic. That we’ll explain during the show.”

Three hours of show

Even if Mr. Hivon wishes to renew the show, it has still managed to make it back Manfred Radius with his glider high-performance H 101 Salto, present at the show to 2017.

Of course, attractions for young families are returning — the inflatable games, the mini-farm as well as the trucks street food.

The exhibit area of planes on the ground will be located in the south-western part of the airport of Rivière-du-Loup. The 11 aircraft CT-114 Tutor Snowbirds there will be presentations as well as other aircraft which are still to be confirmed.

“People who visit the aircraft on the ground can see very well the three-hour air show at the same time”, ensures Mr. Hivon.

The tickets will be on sale online at www.spectacleaerienrdl.com, as well as to the airport and Convenience store in Saint-André (49, rue Saint-André), Rivière-du-Loup. Access to the site will be shuttles from the parking lots throughout the municipality.


The cause behind the show

Each air show supports a cause or an organization. The one that the air Show of Rivière-du-Loup has chosen, it is the Association les Fusiliers du St-Laurent.

“It is not the regiment itself, but rather the association that supports the families of members of the unit who has garrisons in Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski and Matane, when it goes wrong,” says Martin Hivon. “It is sure that it may be less sexy than a hospice or an organization giving assistance to young children, but it must not be forgotten that some members of the Fusiliers have returned from Afghanistan in boxes or others died during training. The Association is there to help families when it comes to such tragedies.”

The other mission of the association is to preserve the military heritage in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Mr. Hivon added that the Association of les Fusiliers du St-Laurent has so much appreciated the help received in the first air show in 2017 that it has not hesitated to get involved again.

“Furthermore, here [in the Corps] that I began my military career, before going into aviation and I went back there to the finish, as the deputy commander,” concludes Martin Hivon.



What : air Show of Rivière-du-Loup

Where : municipal airport and Rivière-du-Loup. Access to the site will be shuttles from the parking lots in the municipality.

Price : $ 25 for adults in advance ($40 at from the August 1, 2019); $ 12.50 for children 5 to 12 years in pre-sales (20 $ from the 1st of August). Family packages (two adults, two children) $ 60 in advance ($95 for then), as well as assists adults for the weekend, $ 35 presale (55 $) are also available. Tickets on sale at the airport of Rivière-du-Loup, Dépanneur St-André and online.

Web : www.spectacleaerienrdl.com

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